Melissa Shang was with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neurological disorder that causes muscular atrophy in her legs and arms. Like most children, Melissa wanted to see herself in her favorite toy. Unlike most children, she decided to do something about it. Almost three years ago, when she was 10 and her sister, Eva, was 17, they started an online petition asking the maker of American Girl dolls to design one with a physical disability and feature it as Girl of the Year. Although the manufacturer has declined their request (so far) the girls have found another project to raise awareness of children with disabilities. In July, the published a novel, “Mia Lee Is Wheeling Through Middle School,” which is now available on Amazon. You can read more about Michaelle Bond’s article on the sisters in The Philadelphia Inquirer or at Disability Scoop. Sisters Undeterred After American Girl Rejects Doll With Disability – Disability Scoop. You can order the book on Amazon here or in the Kindle store.